Landslide in Myanmar Kills 70

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Myanmar: A landslide near a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed up to 70 people and left more than 100 missing, most of them villagers sifting through a huge mountain of tailing and waste, a community leader and businessman said on Sunday.

The collapse occurred on Saturday afternoon in Kachin state, said Brang Seng, a jade businessman, describing rows of bodies pulled from the debris. “There were more than 70,” he said. “This is awfully bad.”

More than 100 others were missing, said Lamai Gum Ja, a community leader who also has interests in the mining business. The region bordering China is home to some of the world’s highest quality jade, bringing in billions of dollars a year, though researchers say most of that money goes to individuals and companies tied to Myanmar’s former military rulers.

Official said that “scores of people at a time are buried alive in landslides.”

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